ACSC 0, Dundee College 2
Dundee College were the visitors to Hercules Den on Saturday in The George Buckman Premier League.
The visitors were sitting bottom of the league and with the home side at the opposite end of the table it was fair to say that they were favourites to take the three points going into the match.
Due to a number of personnel being unavailable, manager Gunning gave an opportunity to a number of the ACSC 2nd team (Nicol, M. Swan and Cook) with their recent fine displays more then justifying their inclusion.
ACSC lined up in a 3-5-2 formation with Gersok, Cook and McCulloch. A midfield five of McKenzie, Gatrick, Smith, McDowell and Mattheson with the experienced duo of Longmuir and Pearson back up top. Also must give a mention to ‘Deano’ Gardiner who was back in the squad after a few weeks lay-off.
The game started badly for ACSC with the relegation battling College pressing them back and a number of passes going astray from the home side. The ACSC were to be masters of their own downfall when a slack pass from defence was intercepted and almost immediately fed back into the pacy College striker who raced through on goal and curled a nice finish beyond Cargill. A bad goal to lose from the ACSC point of view.
The ACSC rallied as you would expect and began to come more into the game, the majority of the half being played in the College half but the College defence were well marshalled by the big number five and the ACSC were failing to create anything of any real note.
Half-time: ACSC 0, Dundee College 1.
The ACSC started the game in much the same vein as the first, on the ascendency but as has been the case in recent weeks failing to create many clear cut chances. The quality of the final ball was just not good enough or the wrong decisions being made in the final third.
Things went from bad to worse for the home side when from Dundee College’s first real foray into the ACSC half after the break saw the striker played in a hopeful cross which took a slight deflection off of Cook which was enough to distract Gersok who then deflected the ball into his own net under no pressure - a painful goal to lose for the defender.
Manager Gunning brought on Nicol and Swan in attempt to give the ACSC some fresh impetus and the ACSC players continued to endeavour to get back into the game but unfortunately nothing of note was created, an effort from Longmuir 18 yards out the only shot to report.
This was a painful defeat for the ACSC in a game they would have been expected to win. Credit must go to Dundee College who defended resolutely throughout the game, took their only chance of the game in the first half and were handed one in the second.
The ACSC can reflect on the poorest performance of the season. Positives to take are the inclusion of the second team players who never hurt their chances of a more regular start and the return of Deano.
Are the players going to dig in and turn their recent form around? Only time will tell but let’s hope the club gets back on track sooner rather than later as the biggest test of the season awaits on Saturday when the ACSC face Barnhill in the North of Tay Cup, a trophy of which the ACSC are the current holders and will not be looking to relinquish their grip on without an almighty fight.